Shearith Israel’s history is a legacy for our future. Join Shearith Israel, experience all that we have to offer, and help make our future as inspiring as our past. Membership dues and other donations support Shearith Israel’s programs and services.

Join now! Complete and submit our online membership application.

Or click here for the PDF, which can be filled out and submitted with a check (see below for proper check procedure).

Membership subject to Rabbinic review.

To renew your membership and pay the upcoming year’s dues, click here.

Membership to our congregation includes (effective July 1, 2024):

  • Admission to High Holidays
  • Access to our beautiful sanctuary for all the joyous occasions in your life
  • Support of lifecycle events and in times of need
  • Dynamic opportunities for women to participate in services
  • Warm, diverse, international community
  • Vibrant Hebrew school and Youth programming
  • Fair share dues system which ensures no one will be turned away based on financial considerations.

Membership Levels

(All fees payable by check or credit card. See below for proper check procedure.)

Full membership includes seating in the Main Sanctuary for Rosh HaShanah and Kippur as well as burial rights in our cemetery. Our full members also enjoy special rates for rental of our facilities, our Hebrew School, and our Toddler Program. Full membership is $2300 for individuals and $3250 for married couples. Security assessment: $75 for individuals; $125 for couples.

Add-on Family Membership is geared towards parents who would like their dependent children to be assigned a seat in our Main Sanctuary and costs $400 per child.

Young People’s Membership is identical to our Full Membership and is offered to individuals or married couples where the older spouse is up to age 30. Family $1000, Individual $750. Security assessment: $25 for families, $18 for individuals.

Many of Congregation Shearith Israel’s friends live far from New York City or are active members of other synagogues, but wish to be a part of our community as well. Associate Membership is available at $1000 for individuals and $1500 for married couples and includes seating in the Parallel Service for Rosh HaShana and Kippur. Security assessment: $40 for individuals; $75 for couples. Associate Members may also take advantage of discounted rates on most programs and events. 

Click here to fill out and submit our membership application.

Security Assessment

Due to increased security requirements, the board has implemented a modest security assessment. New applicants are exempt from this assessment for their first membership year but will be charged in subsequent years. We hope this assessment will not be required in the long term.

First Year’s Dues

Since our membership year starts in July, members who join from January through June can pay 50% of the full year’s rate. Those who join from July through December are kindly asked to pay the full rate. Remember, membership dues are treated as a fully deductible donation.

We accept checks and all major credit cards. If paying by check, please make it out exactly to: “Congregation Shearith Israel.” Our bank returns checks that are not made out exactly as required.

For more details about the terms and benefits of membership, click to either view or download the Membership Dues Structure document available in the Related Media section at the bottom of this page.

To discuss membership and other opportunities to support Shearith Israel, please contact Executive Director Barbara Reiss at

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